In Naturopathic Philosophy the gut is considered the seat of all health. The gut is not only responsible for digestion and absorption of nutrients, but it plays a major role in immunity, mood, detoxification, metabolism, as well as hormone and brain function.
Metabolic and functional analysis of gut health can allow for insight into the underlying cause of dysfunction.
Common symptoms and conditions associated with abnormal gut function and imbalances include:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Disease
Food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances
Skin conditions – acne, eczema, psoriasis
Poor liver function
Malabsorption / Maldigestion
Stool Tests & Microbiome Analysis
Depending on your signs and symptoms we use a variety of advanced, non-invasive diagnostic tools for assessing your gastrointestinal function and uncovering the underlying cause to unexplained gastrointestinal symptoms.
These test can investigate:
Pathogenic Bacteria including Klebsiella, Pseudomonas, Campylobacter, Citrobacter, Yersinia
Parasites including Cryptosporidium, Giardia lamblia, Entamoeba histolytica, Blastocystis hominis and other parasites
Yeasts including Candida albicans and other yeasts
Inflammation (Inflammatory Bowel Disease versus Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth (SIBO) Breath Test
The SIBO breath test is a simple, non-invasive test to test whether or not you have SIBO
The SIBO test requires you to swallow a lactulose substance after a 24 hour preparatory diet. If bacteria is present in the small intestine, the bacteria will ferment the lactulose and produce hydrogen and / or methane, which is exhaled via the breath.
Breath samples are collected every 20 minutes for 3 hours in the comfort of your home.
The two most simple ways for testing for H.pylori are either via a breath test or stool test
A stool test looks for antigens associated with H.pylori infection in your stool. This test requires you to submit a sample of your stool (faeces) to the lab and can be done in the comfort of your own home. This can also be added into the CDSA for a more comprehensive analysis.
A breath test requires you to consume either a urea containing liquid or capsule to test for the presence of H.pylori. If H. pylori is present in your gastrointestinal tract, the material will be broken down into carbon dioxide gas and detected in your breath.
To learn more about this test and more we recommend booking in for our initial wellness appointment,where we can advice what test will be best suited to your health concerns and goals.